- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Latest on flooding in southeastern Wisconsin (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

Historic flooding has forced businesses in Burlington to close while they wait for power to be restored but residents are upbeat as cleanup efforts begin.

Bob Koldeway owns a bike shop in town and was spending the day Thursday mopping and drying the floor of his store after it flooded with more than two inches of rain Wednesday. Koldway says he was lucky none of his bikes were damaged.

Outside his store water still covered a portion of the street.

About 100 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers are in the city to help local officials with traffic control, welfare checks and sandbagging.

Wisconsin Republican House Speaker Robin Vos, who owns a factory in town, called it a “big victory” that only property was harmed during the flooding.


11:35 a.m.

The Wisconsin National Guard has sent about 100 soldiers to Burlington to help the community recover from unprecedented flooding.

The guard members are assisting local officials with traffic control, health and welfare checks and sandbagging. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is also sending about 20 inmates from the Robert Ellsworth Correctional Center to help with sandbagging.

The city’s four bridges over the swollen Fox River remain closed because the waterway is 5 feet above flood stage.

Water rescue teams from Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Lafayette, and Rock Counties have traveled to Burlington to assist if needed.


10:37 a.m.

Authorities say nearly everyone in the Racine County community of Burlington is dealing with some type of flood damage.

Police Chief Mark Anderson says flooding in the city of about 10,000 is “massive” and “unprecedented.”

The city’s four bridges over the swollen Fox River remain closed because the waterway is 5 feet above flood stage.

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday declared a state of emergency in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties because of widespread flooding. National Guard troops have been sent to the area to help with recovery.

Because a We Energies substation is submerged in floodwater, thousands of people in the area without power may not have electricity restored until Friday afternoon.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says roads and highways are closed throughout Racine, Kenosha, Walworth and Waukesha counties.

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